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Coffee, Conversation & Controversy

River Road's Contemporary Issues Forum meets October to May between services at 10:20 AM in the Fireside Room.  The program is often referred to as CC&C (Coffee, Conversation & Controversy). The forum features speakers on a variety of topics of current interest, with an opportunity for brief discussion. Childcare is available. Questions about the program can be sent to Info-CC&C@rruuc.org.

October 27th, 2019
"No Forum this Week"
The Bazaar is Coming!

We’re working on the Bazaar! Come volunteer with us, and of course, come shop on Saturday, November 2, 8am-3pm!

November 3rd, 2019
"No Forum this Week"
Basking in Bazaar Success!

Join us next week for our Contemporary Issues forum, "Understanding the Immigration Debate" with George Clack, lawyer, professor, and blogger.

November 10th, 2019
"Understanding the Immigration Debate"
George Clack, Lawyer, Professor, Blogger

George Clack will explain the complexities of the immigration debate, drawing on experience gained in a career at the US Department of State, the US Information Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, where he worked as an editor of magazines, books, and Internet content. He is an immigration activist with Indivisible in Howard County, MD. After retiring, Clack and a colleague began writing an online journal – 317AM.net. He now compiles a weekly email newsletter, “Immigration News”; and is a board member of a literary magazine, the “Little Patuxent Review.” Clack also teaches courses on literature, blogging and social media at Howard Community College and Johns Hopkins University (continuing education).

November 17th, 2019
"Insights into Restrictions on the Media"
Hamit Bilici, Editor-in-Chief of Zaman News Media

Hamit (Abdulhamit) Bilici will speak about erosion of media and other freedoms in Turkey after the ascendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bilici was Editor-in Chief of Zaman (“Time” or “Age”) and Today’s Zaman, Turkey’s largest English-language news outlet. Following a coup attempt in 2016, the administration shut down the news headquarters in Istanbul. The editor and hundreds of journalists were arrested for being critical of the government. Bilici is now in exile in the US, after enduring a sham trial. By some reports, Turkey accounts for a third of all journalists imprisoned worldwide.